Leaping Into the Day

“Distorted Gravity” Series by Photographer Anka Zhuravleva

We are salmon.
We are birds
We are butterflies.
Our gills flutter, become feathered wings
then gild translucently
into mariposa stained-glass windows,
holy eyes, marvels painted
we carry on our backs.
Our backs, in turn, are horse,
are steed (no one said unicorn
oops, there I guess I did)
our means of standing up
to life
to make the leap that lets us soar
metamorphically/metaphorically. — Annette Marie Smith